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March 2006
336 pages  

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Pittsburgh Then and Now
Smith, Arthur
This handsome volume presents 161 pairs of matching before and after photographs of Pittsburgh. A treasury of images for those who remember the old Pittsburgh, those who are curious about its past, and anyone interested in Pittsburgh's fascinating evolution from “smoky city” to the city it is today.
Arthur G. Smith was Professor of History and Chairman of the History Department at Chatham College.
Pittsburgh Then and Now . . . may make your blood boil and bring tears to your eyes, but this is not just a story of Lost Pittsburgh. Smith also records the remarkable continuity of the city's hillside neighborhoods, the evolution of Downtown and the remaking of the Point. . . . Smith's book is a reminder that cities are more than collections of buildings. They are repositories of memories, keepers of dreams. . . . Pittsburgh Then and Now brings back places we have lost but not forgotten.” —Patricia Lowry, Pittsburgh Press

“Uptown, downtown, North Side, Southside: Pittsburgh Then and Now evokes nostalgic feelings for newcomers as well as natives. . . . Smith's Pittsburgh is a treasure.”--Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Pittsburgh, Western Pa., West Va.

Pittsburgh Then and Now portrays the city through 161 pairs of matching photographs in a unique rephotographic survey. For each location, an archival image was culled from old books, municipal records, or library collections, and then rephotographed in the late 1980s from the same camera position. From eclectic turn-of-the-century architecture to modernist and postmodernist buildings; from steel mills to high-technology centers; from horse to streetcar to automobile-each pair of photographs reflects how the city has been reinvented, and what has remained the same. Pittsburgh Then and Now is a treasury of photographic images for those who remember the old Pittsburgh, those who are curious about its past, and anyone interested in the evolution of a city.


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